GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 37-39

HOW to BE VICTORIOUS when ATTACKED by our ENEMIES? And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. Then Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: "O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see...that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone." (Isaiah 37:14-20)

When King Hezekiah was confronted with a threatening letter from King Sennacherib of Assyria, he did not respond directly. Instead, he took this letter and “spread it out before the Lord” in a magnificent display of humble trust and utter dependence upon God as he turned to the Lord in prayer. The idea was not that God must read the message, but rather that He might consider the matter. Hezekiah used this means to indicate that he was committing the entire matter to the Lord for His judgment. His first concern was not for his own safety but for God’s glory and he attributes deity exclusively to Jehovah (Isaiah 44:8; 45:5, 6, 14, 22; 46:9).

The eminent Bible Scholar, Warren Wiersbe has expounded Isaiah 37 beautifully and listed five simple steps (through King Hezekiah’s experience) that we should take when we are attacked by our enemies:
  1. Take our burdens to God. It is good to talk things over with others, but only God can work in our hearts and turn fear into faith. God knows everything our enemies are saying and writing, and God has a perfect plan for us. By faith, we should take everything to God in prayer.
  2. Listen for God’s message. The words of the enemy will discourage us, but God’s Word will encourage us. In every battle, His word to us is, “Do not be afraid” (v. 6). After all, God has everything under control.
  3. Seek to glorify God alone. More than anything else, Hezekiah was concerned for the glory of God (vv. 4, 16–20). “Hallowed be Your name” must be our primary prayer (see Matt. 6:8).
  4. Trust God to work. Sennacherib defied the God of Israel, and yet he died in the house of his god who could not protect him (v. 38). God can handle our enemies far better than we can.
  5. Trust God after the victory. The Assyrians had devastated the land, but God promised to feed His people and give them a harvest (vv. 30-31). Let us always remember that our future is in God’s Hands.
Let us always understand that God is willing and waiting for us to go to Him when we are in trouble. Just like He unilaterally destroyed King Hezekiah’s enemy, He will destroy all our enemies as well as He will show Himself strong on our behalf. "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." (2 Chron 16:9)

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